[Cross posted from the RAF Museum]

As part of the RAF Museum’s new Research Programme, Professor Richard Overy will deliver the first talk in our new series, The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies. Professor Overy will speak on ‘Bomber Command and Political Warfare, 1939-1945: The Missing Dimension’.

Talk Outline

Among the many things Bomber Command was asked to do, its role in assisting British political warfare has been largely neglected by historians. Yet the 1.5 billion leaflets and newspapers dropped over Europe during the war, as part of a protracted campaign of political propaganda was only possible because of the co-operation of Bomber Command. The lecture examines the origins and course of the airborne propaganda offensive and the close relations that eventually emerged between the Air Ministry and the Political Warfare Executive. Both had an interesting in breaking German morale and both saw the bomb and the leaflet as complementary weapons in the campaign to undermine the enemy war effort. Despite Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris’s opposition, the operational effort was entirely in the hands of Bomber Command and was sustained right down to the last weeks of the war.

Location and Time

Please note that this lecture will be held at the Headquarters of the Royal Aeronautical Society at No. 4 Hamilton Place, London W1J 7BQ at 18:00PM on Thursday 19 February 2015.


This lecture is free of charge however we do ask that you pre-book a free ticket as seats are limited. Booking is quick and easy, we just need some basic contact information.

Book your ticket here

About Professor Richard Overy

Richard Overy is Professor of History at the University of Exeter and Chair of the RAF Museum Research Board. He is the author of more than 25 books on air power, the Second World War and the European dictatorships including The Battle of Britain, The Air War 1939-1945 and most recently The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945, winner of one of the Cundill Awards for history in 2014.

RAF Museum Research Programme

The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies form part of the RAF Museum’s Research Programme for 2015. This programme also consists of the First World War in the Air Lunctime Lectures and other events such as conferences.

More details can be found in our leaflet, which can be downloaded here.

For more details about the RAF Museum’s research programme, please email me at ross.mahoney@rafmuseum.org

The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies are held in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society and the War Studies Department at the University of Wolverhampton.


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